There is a ton of information out there concerning osteoporosis and bone density, but many of us aren’t exactly familiar with these terms. So, let’s start with some basic definitions.
Bone density is a measure of the amount of calcium and other minerals in a segment of your bones. A higher mineral content indicates a higher bone density and strength. A lower mineral content indicates the onset, or probability, of osteoporosis.
The term ‘osteo’ comes from the Greek word Osteon and refers to the bones of the body. There are many forms of osteo ailments:
Any of the above conditions can affect the proper functioning of the associated muscles.
As we age, the structure of bone changes and this results in loss of bone tissue. Low bone mass means bones are weaker, and this puts people at risk of breaks or fractures from a bump or fall.
Bones become less dense as we age for a number of reasons, including:
Here are 7 things you can do to not lose your bone mass.
Exercise can prevent many age-related changes and help reverse damage done to muscles, bones, and joints.
There is also evidence to suggest that twisting and rotational movements that pull on muscles where the joints attach (with care) is helpful in maintaining long-term health of the joints.
It’s never too late to start living an active lifestyle and enjoy the benefits.
Research suggests that two weight training sessions a week utilising body weight and gym equipment is optimal for building strong muscles and helping maintain bone mass.
These workouts do not need to be hard or with heavy equipment. A continual regime of appropriate exercises and a healthy diet are the keys to protecting your bone health, for life.
It is important to see your doctor about your own bone health. If necessary, your doctor will refer you to an appropriate medical professional.
If you don’t know where to start with exercises that assist with gaining strength, download my free Workout Guide for a Strong Body.
Have you checked your bone density? Do you check it regularly? What trend have you noticed? What do you do to increase your bone mass and health? Please share with our community!